Co-op worker accused of embezzlement

An Ashland Food Cooperative employee is accused of embezzling more than $10,000 from the grocery store, police said Tuesday.

Corina Silva, 31, was cited Friday on a charge of first-degree aggravated theft, a felony, and released, said Lt. Corey Falls with the Ashland Police Department.

Falls said the thief appeared to have taken cash from the store registers while scanning coupons worth money.

"As you scan them, you can take cash from the till and it doesn't show up," he said.

The co-op is owned by nearly 6,000 people, many of them locals.

Falls declined to release further details on the case, such as exactly how much money the store lost and when, because officers are still finishing the report, he said.

The co-op's general manager declined to comment Tuesday.

Falls said he wasn't sure whether Silva remained employed at the store.

"It's my understanding that they were going to speak with her," he said. "I don't know at this point."

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